Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sydney Day 6

Not only does Sydney have new tram lines, sorry a light rail system, it has a new 'Metro' driverless train travelling 24 kilometres from the suburban Chatswood train station to its terminus at Tallawong north west of Sydney city.  The Metro is being extended to the city and then will go on to Sydney's south western suburbs. It is fast and efficient, but I found it a bit noisy and rough, and I dislike sitting sideways more than I dislike sitting backwards. It is rather a contrast to Sydney's normal suburban trains that are superbly quiet, smooth and comfortable. 

We caught a bus to (near) Central Station, and a train to Chatswood. A woman was kicking off at the bus driver about how the bus went past the entrance to Central to a stop quite a distance away. The bus driver was not a transport planner and while her point was valid, she was complaining to the wrong person.

Chatswood was an interesting and quite vibrant area with many young and Asian people out and about. We had a nice brunch in a cafe after walking about a bit and then caught the Metro as far as Castle Hill. The train travelled most of the way in tunnels, so there was little to see externally. The Castle Hill Station was below ground level and we rose to the surface to view some historical panels, but there was little historical about Castle Hill Station itself being being bare, sparse and soulless, though no doubt efficient.

You can if your eyes are inhuman for viewing distances, see from one end of the Metro train to the other, something like seven carriages. The best that can be said about the Metro is that it is fast and the live onboard information displays are very good.


For the return journey we boarded the front carriage and the had the forward looking window. Exciting, not.


As some English people say, I got wrong from R, for pretending to try to open the emergency driving controls. We saw similar emergency driver controls on London's DLR.


Just once we out of a tunnel! We caught the Metro back to the other interchange at Epping Station and caught a quite fast and very comfortable suburban train back to the city. The outing took longer than we thought. R is only vaguely interesting in public transport and I try to make such trips not too arduous and interesting.


It was Saturday party night in Sydney's gay mile, but we forwent that and had the best ever curry meal at Tandoori Palace. It was about our third visit over the years, but by golly, was it good this night. The curries were to die for.

Hey R, we haven't been to Manly by ferry this visit yet. We must remedy that tomorrow, our last full day in Sydney.

26 comments:

  1. A good curry is a thing of joy and beauty isn't it? My claustrophobic self doesn't do tunnels well (and I also don't like sitting sideways) so this trip is not for me.
    Looking forward to your ferry trip - something I have not yet done on my rare trips to Sydney.

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    1. EC, I don't mind train tunnels. I am not so keen on car tunnels. You may be a little let down by the ferry trip as I didn't take many photos.

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  2. A Gay Mile? I take that to mean a cluster of gay bars. Nice to know there are still places like that in this age of Grindr.

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    1. Kirk, it is now somewhat a shadow of its heyday, but still, the are many local gay people on the street. They are probably using Grindr while at bars. Not me of course. No, never.

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  3. A driverless train? I'd find that so weird and a little scary.

    I found the view of all those carriages so futuristic, a great shot!

    And curry, yum, especially excellent curry which is rare.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I never even noticed the lack of a driver on London's DLR until Marie told me. Once I knew, I could tell quite easily because the train is either accelerating or braking, never coasting. The Metro is the same although it has a consistent speed where there aren't curves.

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  4. Tandoori Palace is a real pleasure, both the food and the atmosphere. And they provide great alternatives for non-meat eaters.

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    1. Hels, yes I think many Indian restaurants are good t vegetarian food. Many Indians are vegetarian.

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  5. That tram looks good inside.
    I'm sure once you wouldn't have forgone the Gay mile in favour of food.
    Wonder do they use Keens curry! Probably not.

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    1. Train actually Margaret.
      We did both the mile and food most nights. I doubt Keens Curry Powder would be found at the place.

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  6. The new Sydney Metro would make me feel very much at home. The walk through carriages are now on all the new underground trains although we still have many of the older ones. If the object is to get from A to B then they are perfect. If it's a scenic ride you are after then you have to look elsewhere. Poor R having to listen to your joy at finding the controls on the driverless train, at least he had the curry to enjoy at the end of the day.

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    1. Marie, it would make you at home but it gets to a much higher speed with a straighter track than the DLR. Sydney's normal trains are on the slow side because of timetable padding.

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  7. A whole train with only sideways seats? How very American where thousands cram in standing, because the few seats are taken. I don't like it and would take a slower bus instead.

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    1. River, that is the reason with The Metro, more people can fit on. The bus is a good alternative off peak at least.

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  8. I haven't been on the metro, so you've inspired me to take a ride next weekend.

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    1. James, don't do what we did and cut the journey short and stay in tunnels. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it, especially if you use suburban trains at times.

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  9. I'm a big fan of Tandoori Tavern and can also highly recommend it. When I feel like treating myself, I'll often go there.

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    1. James, I wonder if it was because we hadn't had a curry out for a long time. Regardless, it was excellent.

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  10. Yay for getting some great curry, and my goodness the tram/light rail looks so spotless! Hope you're doing well, and sending lots of hugs, RO

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    1. Thanks RO. A train ride and a curry. We know how to live.

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  11. I don't think I'd want to sit sideways, looking at passengers across from me. Sounds awkward. Backward facing not to my liking either. See where you've gone rather than what's coming up.

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    1. Strayer, many trains around the world are like that, including the NYC subway.

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  12. When Jose worked in Sydney (train projects) he lived near Chatswood and we used to go there for dinner when I visited. I love Indian food, but nothing too spicy.

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    1. Sami, it is an interesting area and it clear that has been an awful lot of building happening there over the last few year.

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  13. That is interesting about Sydney's new trains. It seems silly that they are not a comfortable ride. The train system was pretty good the I lived there seventy years ago.

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    1. Diane, you feel like a commuter rather than a passenger.

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